Style At Home: Erika Brechtel Of Small Shop Studio

Written by on February 14, 2012 in Lifestyle, Style At Home - 84 Comments

Photographer: Jennifer Daigle Photography

Erika of Small Shop Studio graciously gifted us with a peek at her irresistibly stylish Southern California abode. Sleek, modern shapes enjoy a backsplash of rich neutrals, vibrant pops of color, and utterly divine light fixtures. (Not to mention the signature brass accents, which punctuate each room rather fabulously!) From an astonishing array of artwork to textural intrigue galore, Erika’s killer design aesthetic is a colorful and inspiring ode to contemporary glamour.

“My reading nook consists of two of my favorite furniture pieces, both design classics: a white Barcelona chair and a Carrera marble top Saarinen tulip table. With fresh flowers, a Diptyque scent, and coffee in my grandmother’s China (or a glass of wine!), I’m all set up for sifting through the latest fashion and décor mags.”

“When we lived in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC, I’d take the A/C/E train down to the Village/Meatpacking and up to the UWS. This vintage subway sign is a perfect piece of memorabilia for me — plus, it’s an ‘E,’ so it can’t be beat!” Faux gazelle horns, Modern Chic Home; cowhide stool, Homegoods; book, “Gucci: The Making Of”; Pierre Hardy sandals.

Tell us about the way you’ve decorated your home. What pieces or designs in particular scream “Erika,” and why?
My husband would say: anything brass! I’m a fan of that dash of glam, done right. And I’m a huge bargain hunter. So the 1970s brass étagère in my office and the pair of brass mushroom lamps — both scored from vintage shops! — represent my style best.

“I’m a big believer in mixing new and old. The beni ourain rug and the Gucci ashtray are both vintage, while the silver snakeskin box (Lille) is a very modern accessory (to hold all of those unattractive remotes).” Jonathan Adler “Meurice” cocktail table; Moroccan inlaid box, Homegoods; book, Tom Ford; bowl and Hawaii coasters, vintage.”

“My husband took this photo of a train station in Portugal by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, and we just had it blown up onto canvas. I love the personal yet design-cool element it brings!” Sectional sleeper, Room & Board; fur pillows, Restoration Hardware; metallic square pillow, DwellStudio; Jonathan Adler “Meurice” cocktail table; vintage beni ourain rug, Moroccan Maryam.

How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?
Fashion: Jenna Lyons meets Kate Moss. I also dress seasonally; I trend more Parisian Chic in the winter/spring and Boho Chic in the summer/fall.

In general/décor: I’d like to think modern, sophisticated yet comfortable, and with a touch of luxe.

“We bought our townhouse new, and have tried desperately to make it as less of a white tract home box as possible (like replacing all of the standard knobs with polished brass pulls). What a difference!” Casablanca lantern, Z Gallerie; glass carafe, Cost Plus World Market; barstools, Design Within Reach; linear crystal chandelier, Z Gallerie.

“To make the standard white cabinets pop, we painted the walls in the kitchen a dark gray.” Paint, Ralph Lauren’s “Mombasa Mist;” runner, Pottery Barn; barstools, Design Within Reach.

“Even though I work from home, I have to dress the part everyday. My go-to look: a silk or button-down blouse (Madewell), skinny jeans (Mother “The Looker”), a little bling (Tiffany), and fun shoes (Cole Haan).”

Do you have a favorite room?
Probably my office — a good thing since I spend 8-12 hours a day in there! Because it’s my own creative space, I wasn’t so concerned about playing it safe. I need it to inspire me on a daily basis.

“We also added this Z Gallerie linear crystal chandelier over the island, giving the entire space a new life.”

“My dining room was the easiest space to throw together. Simply adding the framed 1970’s black/white photographs of Mick & Bianca Jagger and Farrah Fawcett — plus David Hick’s La Fiorentina pillows — pulled the entire room together.” Joie blouse; Courtney Kaye necklace.

“I am incredibly fortunate that my grandfather in Hawaii shipped my grandmother’s gold-rimmed, hand-painted china from Japan. We use it as often as possible, since I think she only used it a handful of times in 50+ years!” Gold flatware, One King’s Lane; ikat bowl, Nate Berkus for HSN; “Futura” salt & pepper shakers, Jonathan Adler.

What is one of the best compliments you’ve ever received about your home?
It’s a huge compliment whenever a publication, fellow blogger, or Pinterest pinner is inspired by what I’ve pulled together and wants to share it with others. HUGE compliment.

“I’ve really been into contemporary photography lately, so I was thrilled to get my hands on Gray Malin’sPrada Marfa at Dawn.‘” Vintage faux bamboo desk/vanity; “Baby Aiden” satchel, Marc by Marc Jacobs; acrylic lamp, Target; travel sketch from Paris.

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  • Alisha

    Absolutely gorgeous! So proud of you, Erika, and so very, very happy for you! xo

  • Kate

    I love her gold accented plates and bowls!

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  • Hilary

    Beautiful home Erika!!! (I knew that already though) ;-).

    My favorite part though? You have a Domino Magazine collection just like mine… and tabbed to boot!!

  • Anna

    Love the little elements. The fact that she collects pretty packaging for inspiration and projects, and that she appreciates the beauty of these and even incorporates them into her life (i.e. her business cards).

  • Grace – Stripes & Sequins

    I adore Erika!! What a great feature!

  • Tobe | Because It’s Awesome

    LOVE LOVE LOVE every last bit! (Had to laugh at the “pillow graveyard”….doesn’t everyone have one of those? ha!) Erika is such an inspiration to me on a daily basis – So great to see her beautiful home featured on Glitter Guide!

  • Arianna Belle

    Erika is awesome! What a great feature. Here home is amazing!

  • Tamra {ever swoon}

    I’ve admired Erika from day one a year ago in the blogging world. She has impeccable taste and an eye for design, but keeps it human. Great feature!!! Thanks for sharing her beautiful home with us! x

  • Sarah Roads

    Love it all! The photo canvas looks fantastic. The details are just gorgeous, especially all the brass : ) Beautiful styling. Erica is an inspiration!

  • Neahle Ize

    So happy to see Erika covered in this feature. Her home has always been such an inspiration for my own space and her passion about style/interiors/branding is infectious.

  • Van @ The Clothes We Wear

    Thanks for featuring a mother who is both stylish in home and fashion. What gorgeous, gorgeous ideas!

  • Kristyn

    Wow, wow, wow! Talk about great style!

  • WhatWouldGwynethDo

    Love it all! And have so many of the same elements in our place, but love the spin you have taken with many of them. I think my favorite space is the master — I am of the same mind frame. Keep everything contemporary and add a little glam in there 😉

    Beautiful home, thanks for sharing!

    – @wwgwynethdo

  • Courtney Deyle

    LOVE!!! Erika is so amazing, her home is fab, and I’m so happy to see it featured here! I love all of the details and styling. She is so talented in all aspects of her life. Congratulations Erika! :)

  • Lisa Stevens

    Love this home! Small Shop Studio is one of newest favorite blogs, she has great style, thanks for sharing.

  • Laura

    I love reading Erika’s blog and am now even further hooked seeing her beautiful home! Also can’t believe I haven’t come across YOUR site before… excited to read more! :)

  • Jordan – Queen of LA

    i am a huge fan of erika – she is as beautiful as she is talented! i love reading her blog every day. GREAT feature, GG!

  • La Petite Gigi

    Wow! Those vignettes are truly marvelous. What a magical space! Also, currently craving gold flatware…

    La Petite Gigi

  • Mandy

    Best feature you have done so far! Erika is adorable and I love her aesthetic.

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  • jackie

    Love your work space, could you please tell where your desk is from? Thanks!

  • Jessica

    Love her style, it’s very classic and polished.

  • Bettina

    My favorite home you’ve featured so far! I love Erika’s blog, you can definitely see the aesthetic of her home carry on throughout her blog posts. Really beautiful home and lovely photos!

  • Naomi@Design Manifest

    Erika is so talented and chic! She does a great job of mixing high and low, layering textures and creating a neutral yet eclectic space. Love her home, love her work, love her.

  • madelyn

    I would like to move it. So great! Love how the artwork is so personal yet looks so stylish.

  • Maggie @ SugarCoatedLife

    What a great space! This has definitely given me some great ideas for styling my apartment–and I love that Erika includes things from all price points in her decorating…I may just have to buy that Super Rural poster :) Thanks Glitter Guide!

  • LMF

    Wow, her home is amazing. Beautiful, but without looking untouchable or museum-like. The perfect balance! Love it! I’m sure it will be all over pinterest today :)

  • Becca

    Erika’s home is amazing! Thanks for featuring it.

  • Megan (Honey We’re Home)

    Gorgeous home, gorgeous Erika! Great article and photos!

  • ashleigh

    What a great space! That chandelier/light in the kitchen is so pretty. She’s also very cute!

  • Shannan

    I love the crib. Where is it from?

    • Erika [small shop]

      Hi Shannan, it was an Amy Coe design for Babies R Us but I don’t believe it’s available anymore. The drawer is a nice bonus!

  • aa24

    I’m a huge fan of Erika’s blog. Her house is gorgeous and so is her daughter.

  • Drew {Coral Cafe}

    Erika is one of my favorites! I just adore her and the pics of her daughter! What LOVE and JOY!!

  • Jackie

    I love Erika! She is so beautiful and stylish, and her blog is such a daily inspiration. Her home is absolutely gorgeous, and her daughter is just beyond cute. Wonderful to see more of Erika and her stylish life!

  • {The Design Daredevil} Jessie D. Miller

    Erika is SUCH an inspiration to me, thank you for featuring her and her exquisite home. Love all the brass and the photo blown up to canvas.

    Love home tours! Please feature more!

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  • Cynthia

    Thank you so much for this post. Erika has impeccable taste! I have a very similar kitchen and the chandelier was a great inspiration for putting some fancy lighting in there.

    P.S. I loved how many pictures were in this post. Thanks again, xo.


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    Great design and eclectic space. The Beni Ourain Rug is a great addition to the design theme.
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  • alyson

    Wow, totally love her style, personality and overall, cool vibe. Thanks for introducing me to her!

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  • Elizabeth

    I love Erika’s entire house, but my faves are her daughter’s room and the photo her hubby took, and her grandmother’s gold rimmed china. These personal things/spaces are so unique to her and her family and cannot be duplicated. She is one of the most talented bloggers/designers out there and I am so proud to know her and glad you featured her!! Amazing!
    xoxo -e (

  • Theparisapartment

    Just gorgeous! I think I recognize the Gucci ashtray, it looks great in its new home!

  • Lonely Wife Project

    Erika is one of my favorite people and number one sources of inspiration! I adore this look into her home!

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  • ModFruGal

    Great tour Erika!  It all looks so amazing…as always!

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  • christy

    I would LOVE to know where the pendant lamp in the dining room is from! Erika, help!

    • Erika [small shop]

      Hi Christy, it was from West Elm, but a few years ago. Boo.

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  • Fashion Pas

    Gosh! I immediately recognized Estação do Oriente! It’s a beautiful place! Such a great idea to have a photo of it put on a canvas like that.

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  • Rebecca

    Love love everything about your place!!! Do you mind sharing which paint color you used in your main living area?

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  • Heidi Jensen

    Hi. Where can I buy the yellow pillow and the elephant pillow?

  • Courtney

    I would LOVE to know what paint color you used for the master! Beautiful home :)

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